USC could clinch Pac-10 crown with win

first_imgFor the first time since 1994, the USC men’s tennis team has an opportunity to win the Pac-10 championship outright as UCLA looks to play the spoiler.History · Junior Jaak Poldma and the Trojans have the chance to claim an outright Pac-10 title for the first time in nearly two decades. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan To go along with the season finale, USC will honor former coach Dick Leach — a four-time national championship winner — during the match scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at Marks Stadium.The past three seasons have seen the No. 12 Bruins (13-6, 3-2) beat the No. 4 Trojans (19-2, 5-0) in the season’s final match to claim the Pac-10 title, but this year the momentum favors the Trojans.USC has won its previous two matches against its rivals, including a 4-0 win at the ITA National Indoor Championships and a 6-1 victory at UCLA.The reasons for the success so far this season against the UCLA rivals were not readily apparent, but doubles play and the team’s depth have been important factors.“The big thing is that doubles have been solid this year,” sophomore Steve Johnson said. “J.T. [Sundling] and [Daniel] Nguyen really stepped up at No. 1 during the ITAs, which provided a big confidence boost.”USC coach Peter Smith mentioned that the law of averages might be in effect after a period of success in past seasons for the Bruins.“UCLA has had a good bit of fortune come their way the last few years,” Smith said. “The pendulum has started to swing in our favor recently.”Even though the Trojans cannot pinpoint a specific reason for their recent streak of successes against the Bruins, they can definitely agree that no matter what the setting or the situation, the UCLA match seems to carry extra weight.“Anytime we play UCLA it’s huge,” junior Jaak Poldma said. “It doesn’t matter when we play, we have to be ready to play them.”The familiarity with the opponent has both pluses and minuses, but in general the experience many players have against one another is a benefit.“It works both ways,” Johnson said of playing junior Holden Seguso twice this season already. “I feel it’s a good advantage for us. We know [UCLA’s] strengths and weaknesses; we understand what to avoid and what to attack.”In the most recent ITA rankings, both teams are well represented, as the Trojans have five ranked singles players — including two top-10 players in No. 2 Johnson and No. 7 senior Robert Farah — and four doubles teams.The Bruins have four players ranked in the top 100 for singles, along with two ranked doubles squads.UCLA looks to head into this match with some extra incentive after falling to Arizona 4-3 in its previous match.This was the first loss in UCLA history to the Wildcats, but the Trojans will not take the Bruins lightly no matter what recent history indicates.“We know UCLA is capable,” Smith said. “ We are not going to be overconfident. We are not going to overlook any match.”last_img read more

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Denis Stojnić: I want to win the Champion Belt

first_imgDenis Stojnić, the best B&H MMA fighter, is preparing intensively for upcoming matches, and his colleagues and his manager confirm that he is in the best shape he has ever been. Difficult and demanding trainings yielded results, thus Stojnić had already lost seven kilograms.Stojnić’s next opponent or the organization in which he will perform are not known yet, and his coach Martijn de Jong said that the B&H fighter might perform at the Final Fight Championship (FFC).Stojnić should probably enter the ring with Dion Staring, champion of FFC federation, led by Zovko Orzat. As a reminder, Stojnić defeated Staring couple years ago, and they were also long-term sparring partners.“I got a call from my coach last night, and we talked about that possible match. The coach talked to Mark Petrak, one of the organizers in FFC, and he offered a financial compensation for this match and an opportunity for me to fight for the title, and I accepted,” Stojnić said.As a reminder, Orzat and Stojnić are not in overly good relationship, but it is clear that the FFC would gain on popularity if it gets another B&H fighter.“A truly bad champion Dion Staring is on the throne of the FFC and, if this match is held, I promise I will knock him out and take the belt in FFC federation,” Denis Stojnić is convinced.(Source: klix.ba/ photo tapology)last_img read more

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DONEGAL CAGE FIGHTER DUFFY MAKES STUNNING RETURN TO MMA

first_imgJoesph Duffy made a stunning return to MMA action last night with a fantastic victory over Damien Lapilus at The Helix in Dublin.The Meenbanad native hasn’t fought in a professional MMA fight for over three years, but he looked like he’d never been away from the Octagon last night, as he delivered an assured and highly impressive performance.Duffy had huge support at the Dublin venue last night, with a large contingent of supporters travelling from Donegal to cheer on the popular fighter. Duffy showed his brief foray into professional boxing has helped his striking game in the cage, he delivered a succession of solid strikes to the head of Lapilus in the opening two rounds.In truth Duffy controlled the fight throughout, and in the last round Duffy locked his arm under the Frenchman’s chin and Lapilus was then forced to tap out from the choke.Duffy received widespread coverage ahead of his comeback to the cage for notably being the last opponent to defeat current UFC stars Norman Parke and Conor McGregor.If Duffy continues to perform like he did last night it won’t be long until he’s firmly back on the UFC’S radar. DONEGAL CAGE FIGHTER DUFFY MAKES STUNNING RETURN TO MMA was last modified: August 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldublinJoesph DuffyMMAnewsSportThe HelixUFClast_img read more

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